Garden State Real Estate Academy was founded in 2005 by Phil Bonafiglia, a licensed real estate broker and instructor with more than 30 years of teaching experience. The school chose a different path from competing institutions that crammed their classrooms with aspiring real estate agents. “Instead of going for big numbers, why not specialize in small classes, where we have time to provide personalized, individual attention to every student?” was the defining question our school’s leadership posed as it laid out its business model. That ideal of putting students first—and helping them pass the exam—ahead of profits continues to this day.
The result was an extremely high pass rate, whether for salespersons or those taking the broker licensing exams. It became a tradition that the students felt so close to their Garden State Real Estate Academy instructor that the students would make their instructor one of the first calls they made as they walked out of the state exam center with a “Pass” certificate.
In July 2018, Phil Bonafiglia retired and sold Garden State Real Estate Academy to David C. Forward, who is now the school’s Director.
Under the new leadership team, Garden State plans to expand both its course offerings and its geographic footprint, with licensing, Continuing Education, and professional development classes in locations across New Jersey.